29 January 2008

Alert

Four journalists and cameramen arrested for "disobeying a police order"


Incident details

Emily Moli, Shalendra Datt, Edwin Nand, Trevuz Chung

journalist(s)

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrest of Fiji TV reporter Emily Moli and cameraman Shalendra Datt for "disobeying a police order", on 23 January 2008, when they went to cover a dispute between the principal and the administration of Rishikul Sanatan high school in Nasinu.

After being told to stop filming and leave by officer Waisea Tabakau, they were placed in a police van and interrogated for five hours. Fiji TV spokesman Tanya Waqanika said their arrest was "without any grounds and totally unjustified" as the school administration had said they could film.

Another TV crew consisting of reporter Edwin Nand and cameraman Trevuz Chung who were sent to the school later the same day were also detained for a short while for the same reason. Waqanika said the station would file a complaint with the Police Commissioner and the Fiji Media Council.



Source

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